modeling nature from nano to macro
María Luisa Jiménez got her PhD in the Applied Physics department of the U. Granada. The topic was Electro-hydrodynamics of colloidal suspensions (8 papers, 294 cites). In this period she developed a method to analyze dielectric properties of complex fluids in alternating fields that is currently used by others and cited every year since then. She also analyzed the response of non-spherical particles.
In 2001 she made a short 3 months stay in U. Goettingen (Germany), with prof. Kaatze. She continued working in U. Granada with a postdoc position funded by Repsol-YPF, about magnetorheological fluids, improving their stability with polyelectrolyte coated particles (european patent EP1629.3)
In 2004 she got a 2 years postdoc position in U. Milán during two years (6 papers, 104 cites). She worked with prof. Bellini and prof. Mantegazza, in electric birefringence. She analyzed the structures in bidisperse systems and how to control optical properties of these systems with alternating electric fields, a work published in Nature Physics (vol. 1, 103-106, año 2005).
In 2006 she went back to U. Granada with a postdoc position funded by J. Andalucía. She worked in the models for electrokinetics of concentrated nanoparticles suspensions, in collaboration with prof. Shilov (National Acad. Sci of Kiev, Ucrania). She also worked with prof. Lyklema (U. Wageningen, Neetherlands) analyzing the specificity of ions in electrokinetics. She also studied concentrated suspensions of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes: latex nanoparticles densely coated by a thick layer of straigth and highly charged polyelectrolyte chains. This work was done in collaboration with prof. Ballauff (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany). Publications: 11 (216 cites). In 2009 she got a Ramon y Cajal contract, with which she started a new research line in Granada: analysis of electro-optics of complex fluids. This research line is already well stablished: she directed 3 master thesis and three PhD thesis. During this period she published 11 papers
In 2012 she got a permanent position as Associate Professor in U. Granada. In 2010 she started in the project CAPMIX, of VII European frame program. She studied charged interfaces from a different point of view: their applications in capacitive electrodes for energy production. She made both experimental and theoretical contributions, establishing the important parameters to maximize the extracted energy. This work continued with a national Project SALEX (2013) and an Andalusian project (B‐FQM‐141‐UGR18). In this topic and until 2015, she published 8 papers
In 2018 she got a Madariaga grant (program Estancias de profesores e investigadores sénior en centros extranjeros (MECD)) for a 6 months visit to U. Harvard with prof. Weitz. She has been learning microfluidics techniques for droplet generation and confocal microscopy. She applied these methods to analyze the transport mechanisms of droplets in 2D porous media, a work that will be presented in the conference of APS, fluids division.
Since 2016, her research lines are the electrooptical properties of dispersions and microdroplets of non-spherical nanoparticles and application of the interface capacitance to environmental problems such as energy extraction and desalination. In these topics she is the main researcher of three research projects (Plan Propio of the University of Granada, Andalusian project B‐FQM‐141‐UGR18 and a national project PGC2018-098770.B.I00), and she has published 16 papers
In august 2021 she became Full Professor at the University of Granada. She has a total of 59 papers in JCR journals (1048 cites) and a h-index of 20.